After Tuesday night's victory over Mansfield Town in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, Chesterfield manager Paul Cook explained how he was proud of the team.Speaking to Spireites Player after the game, the manager explained how Mansfield away was always going to be difficult after Saturday's shock defeat at Morecambe. He said: “We deservedly got our criticism at the weekend and to have a game like Mansfield away tonight is as tough as it gets.
“We were immense tonight as a team, as a group of staff and as a set of supporters and we go home happy."
The manager described his pride in the strong performance and the team's determination to win. “I’m proud of them because it’s easy to win when everything’s going well and you’re knocking the ball about, late on tonight it was tough, they put their bodies on the line for the supporters, for themselves and for the club," said Cook before adding: “I have ridiculous belief in these players, tonight’s backed up how good I know they are and I said that to them.”
Going into Tuesday night's cup tie, the Spireites were missing Drew Talbot, Ritchie Humphreys and Nathan Smith. Players that have been integral to Chesterfield's style of play throughout the season. The manager commented on how the team were forced to adapt, he said: “Everyone knows that we’re an attacking team, we attack with full-backs. Unfortunately, when we don’t have full-backs that can attack we have to be a little different.”
Looking forward to Saturday's game against Fleetwood Town the Liverpudlian offered a summary of the season so far in relation to the defeat at Morecambe. “We haven’t dipped out too many times this year, we’ve now played 12 games including Leeds and we’ve had one really bad 45 minutes so lets hope in the next 12 games there’s one more bad 45 because we’ll all be happy with that," said Cook.
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